Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owls are fascinating to me because they’re the easiest owls to see. They live in open, treeless areas with low, sparse vegetation, usually on gently sloping terrain. The owls can be found in grasslands, deserts, and steppe environments; on golf courses, pastures, agricultural fields, airport medians, and road embankments; in cemeteries and urban vacant lots.

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Monday, July 22 2019

 Yellow-Crowned Night Heron

The Yellow-crowned Night-Heron has a smooth purple-gray coloring, sharp black and white face, and long yellow plumes. They forage at all hours of the day and night, stalking crustaceans in shallow wetlands and wet fields. Their diet leans heavily on crabs and crayfish, which they catch with a lunge and shake apart, or swallow whole. They’re most common in coastal marshes, barrier islands, and mangroves, but their range extends inland as far as the Midwest.

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 Glossy Ibis

I wasn't aware the Glossy Ibis existed until I saw one that I thought was an immature White Ibis until I got close enough to realize I was mistaken. The Glossy Ibis is commonly found in shallow freshwater wetlands, as well as brackish and saltwater wetlands, mangroves, and rice fields. Over much of its range, Glossy Ibises can be seasonal or very local, look for a tall bird foraging slowly in open wetlands or flying with neck and feet outstretched.

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Tuesday, July 23 2019

 Nesting Bald Eagle

I think that most of us find seeing a Bald Eagle in the wild as a pretty fantastic event. It's not often that I see one so when a friend sent me an iPhone picture of one I was pretty motivated to see if I could fine one too. I used the GPS coordinates from her photo to find the same location.

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